Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Kelly M. lost 12 lbs in 10 weeks with FOCUS T25.

What I love about Kelly's story is that it is every mom's story. When are we going to find time to workout, eat healthy with a hectic schedule... well Kelly did it and so can you.

Kelly M. lost 12 lbs in 10 weeks with FOCUS T25. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for October 9th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before starting T25, I was still carrying extra weight from my third baby. I had also just finished my master’s program so I was tired, sluggish, and could never find clothes that fit. I was frustrated and wanted to get my body back along with more energy.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I knew I wanted to get back into working out as it’s always made me feel good in the past. I needed something that I could fit into my day with three kids and a new job. 25 minute workouts caught my attention and I’ve always loved Shaun T’s workouts.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?Making time to workout and better myself was my biggest challenge. Beachbody helped by providing an awesome workout that really is only 25 minutes and I could start to see results quickly. This was also my first time drinking Shakeology. I was always hesitant due to the cost but now I know it’s totally worth it! I look forward to my shake daily and can’t go a day without!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Short but effective workouts.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’m one pound from my pre-pregnancy weight! I lost 12 lbs and 12.5 inches in the 10 weeks in a healthy way.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Yes, I have so much more energy and feel good about myself. Now I want to help others to do the same.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Checking in daily provided me with the support and motivation I needed. It was also great for recipe sharing!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Natalie checked in daily and was always available for questions and support.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology helped to decrease my cravings for sweets which has always been my weakness. It also helps to give me energy and just feel great, while tasting great too.
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.
*Kelly is an Independent Beachbody Coach. Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Why You Should Set a Clear, Attainable Goal

Setting a clear, and attainable goal can help you get that healthy body you’ve always wanted. Don’t just Push Play and wait to see what happens. Decide what you want your results to be now, then prepare your meals and do your workouts with purpose!

Be ambitious but reasonable
Any goal worth working for requires dedication, effort, and persistence. That said, remember this is a short term goal. Set your sights on something that can be achieved if you work hard for the next 60 days or 90 days. (Keep in mind that a healthy rate for weight loss is about 2 pounds per week).
Be specific
Deciding that you will lose 8 pounds is a more effective goal than just saying that you want to lose weight. As you work to attain it, you’ll have a clear measure of your achievements, and knowing exactly how much farther you have to go will keep you motivated. The best part about having a specific goal is there will be no question when you have achieved it.
A clear goal defines your plan of attack
Knowing exactly what you are trying achieve will help you have laser-like focus. If your goal involves developing certain muscle groups, you can add targeted exercises to your fitness routine. If your goal is to work out every morning before your commute, then a clear plan of action would be to go to bed an hour earlier, and set your alarm an hour earlier. When it’s time to choose between success or hitting the snooze button, you’ll have focus on your side.
Make it count
Make numbers part of your goal to track your progress and keep you accountable. How many times will you Push Play in the next 60 days? Schedule those workouts in your calendar and consider them important meetings that must be kept. Don’t just skip dessert, decide exactly how many calories you’ll eat each day and keep track.
Be positive
Make reaching your goal be about what you will do instead of what you will not do. Thinking about unhealthy habits or foods you should avoid keeps those guilty habits on your mind all the time, and ultimately makes you feel deprived. Focus instead on positive changes that you will make to be healthier and more fit. What healthy foods will you eat? What workouts will you do?
Share your goal
When you’ve determined what you are working for, tell the world! Tell your friends and family, tell us in the comments, share it on social media. You’ll invite support from unlikely places and your enthusiasm may inspire others to join you.
Keep it real
Focusing on a clear, attainable goal gives you a concrete reason push harder in your workouts and stick to healthy food choices. But we’d also like to remind you that your body is ready for the beach right now. All you need is a bathing suit and a body of water, or sprinklers, and you’re good to go. However, we understand that after a succession of holiday feasts and winter hibernation, what many of us need is confidence. Reaching your goal should give you the confidence to strut your stuff.


When this Managing Editor isn't at the office, she's baking, figuring out the answer to 7-down, and contemplating where to travel to next.

Monday, April 6, 2015

What Kind of Motivation Do You Need?

What Kind of Motivation Do You Need?

It is incredible that even in this area, where motivation is motivation, it is still different for everyone.

That is where my crazy mind started working this morning and I started thinking that maybe I am the the worst kind of motivator, not because I don't care or I don't motivate but I mold to your needs and I am not sure that is what works for most. (just so you know this post is mostly about me)

I know most of us crave the body we once had and every morning we harass ourselves for not having woken up early to workout or bit ourselves up at night because we did not workout at all.

That is where I come in the picture...

I don't know about you but I have a full time job, I am working on my fortune (my at home business), I have two kids and a husband and now a dog that needs to pee right before I go to bed, and I don't have the time I would like to dedicate to myself or my workout.
Don't get me wrong I love to workout and when I manage to do it I want to keep doing it but it just seems like life happens and before you know, it is midnight and you have to wake up in 5 hours and working out is the last thing on your mind.

If this is you...
You want to workout and lose weight but,
After leaving the house at 6 am working all day, picking up the kids from school, taking them to Karate, Dance, Football practice, you finally get home past 8 pm and really you don't feel like cooking so pizza it is and before you know...
You ate half of a pizza by yourself

Now you feel really bad and when you tell your personal trainer that you didn't workout ate a whole pizza (at least it feels like that) ohhh you can feel the shame,

But if you have a motivator like me I will say let's focus on tomorrow, what can we do better. 
I know wake up early is impossible since you are lucky if you have 4 hours of undisturbed sleep, schedule is hard because when you think you have the time you are called into work early, or the kids just don't feel good, or company stop by and these are NOT EXCUSES, THIS IS LIFE, and for some of us it is just hard, PERIOD.

Don't get discouraged, always think that there is someone out there that understands, that goes through this everyday and knows that, some days we will be able to do it and some days we won't, the true test will be to stick with it every time you CAN.

If you need someone to talk, vent or just understand know that I am here, I understand and I know those are not just excuses, it is something we call LIFE.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Quick Heads Up!

Happy New Year

Heads Up, if you are reading this blog it means you like many millions of others are looking for a resolution of weight loss this year.
I just want to remind everyone if you are using a calorie calculator

 to find how many calories you need a day it already calculate your exercise and if you add your calories burned with the workout, it will mess up your calorie intake, making it seem that you can eat more.
So do not add your calories burned to your calories diary.

Have a wonderful year!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Are you healthy conscious on Thanksgiving?

If you are conscious on Thanksgiving and prefer a healthy alternative here is a tip for you.

Roasted Cauliflower Mash

This twist on mashed potatoes is made with a non-starchy veggie, no cream and butter—and yet, it’s every bit as yummy as your traditional mashed potatoes.
Total Time: 50 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 45 min.
Yield: 8 servings, ¼ cup each
1 (2-lb.) cauliflower, cut into small florets, discard stem
4 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. granulated garlic (optional)
2 Tbsp. low-sodium organic vegetable broth
1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Wash cauliflower and pat dry.
3. Place cauliflower in large baking pan. Drizzle with oil; toss gently to coat. 4. Season with salt and garlic.
5. Bake, stirring halfway through, for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender.
6. Place in food processor; add vegetable broth. Pulse until smooth.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Be Smarter Than Dumb Advertisements

Be Smarter Than Dumb Advertisements...

... do not believe all you hear and just because it is coming from a person that has some status does not make it true.
Although the statements from this article are used by many people the reason is not to lose weight. As a disclaimer I will say I respect Deepak Chopra and have followed him for close to 10 years. 
I have heard him talk about the Six Tastes of food and its benefits and I couldn't agree more. I seen a post yesterday about 5 Ayurvedic Rules To a Healthier Weight Loss, and it has made me very upset to use suggestions to make people believe that it will help them lose weight.

As a clarification weight loss is nothing more than a simple mathematical equation. Eat less than what your body requires and you will lose weight. Simple, no need for any more or less explanation this is it. Eat less and you will lose weight. With that said...

Let's analyze the article that got me so upset.

Ayurveda by definition is:
  1. the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

So when I read 5 Ayurvedic Rules To a Healthier Weight Loss, I imagine something that will give me a balance between my body and mind and some form remedy to help. But here is what I found... (I copy/paste from his article)

Rule 1. Eat a light evening meal with easy-to-digest foods.
Avoid or reduce in evening meals: fowl, fish, starches and desserts.
Evening meals should be vegetarian, hot, light and soupy. If you are significantly overweight the foundation of the evening meal should be:
1) Non-cream soups,
2) Complex grains cooked in water (for example brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and barley)
3) Vegetables steamed, roasted or sautéed with small amounts of extra virgin olive oil. If you must have dessert, I recommend cooked fruit desserts made with only small amounts of organic sugar.

Rule 2. Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch with a wide variety of warm, cooked food.
A good, balanced lunch also helps us feel less hungry in the evening, making it easier to stick to that all-important light evening meal.

Rule 3.”Holy Waters” Drink hot water with Ginger and Lemon, or herbal teas frequently throughout the day
By sipping hot water throughout the day you help cleanse the digestive tract and entire body of blockages and impurities. Hot water drinking improves digestion and assimilation of food and helps prevent the body from becoming toxic and clogged. 

Rule 4. “ Avoid Snacking” Avoid left overs, highly processed, packaged, designer, canned, junk foods
Ayurveda holds that putting food back in the refrigerator after it has been cooked seriously deteriorates the quality of the foods and their digestibility. Even if you heat it up after you take it out of the refrigerator, it has lost its life giving freshness.

Rule 5. Get Moving! Stop Dieting and Start Moving
Exercise is an antidote for almost everything that ails us.

I Feel like laughing when I read this. Every article ever written about weight loss is Ayurvedic as every single article about weight loss will give you the same 5 rules. Mr. Deepak this is nothing new and just because you advised to drink warm water and that we should not eat left over does not make your article Ayurvedic.

People, it is simple, use the mathematical rule and eat less and you will see the weight come off. Is it easy?... Hell no, it is one of the hardest thing you can think of, I was able to quit smoking cold turkey but I can't stop eating, I love food, but only by lowering the calorie amount can I drop the weight. Please use these "Rules" to help you cope with the hunger you will feel and eating a big meal at night will only give you heartburn, if you prone to it, otherwise I know I can't sleep on a empty stomach. Drink water it will help you disguise your hunger, not to mention the CDC advises that dehydration is the number one disease in the world, it will give you better skin. AVOID SNACKING, thank you Deepak we did not know that.

Not to mention the article starts with

If you’re one of these individuals, then chances are you’re desperate for results and have probably tried the latest weight loss trends with disappointing, and often disheartening, results.

You’ve cut calories, gone gluten-free, lowered your carbs, tried to exercise more. Meanwhile, you’ve beaten yourself up emotionally, felt like a failure, wondered why nothing has worked for you, wished for more willpower, and drained your spirits. You may even feel “stuck.”

Weight Loss is a journey, a bumpy, dreadful road, specially for those that enjoy a nice meal (like me), but we have to use common sense and realize that every single diet, workout works and will give you results if you stick to it. If you want to do it, you will succeed, it only depends on you.

Anyway this is my vent. The reason this article upset me so much is that in the title it states that these are rules for a healthier Weight Loss, but not once in this article does he mention the key rule, to lower your calorie intake, but I guess you have to buy the book for that.

Be smart follow what works for you.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It is a Tough Road...

It is a Tough Road...

I can't express enough how hard it has been to have to lose all the weight I already lost in 2009. I also can't believe that I have allowed myself to gain the weight I worked so hard to lose. 

Just March 2014 I decided to quit smoking, and with it the weight came rolling in. 

In 4 month I have gained over 30 lbs. Although throughout these months I was conscious about my eating, but it got the best of me and instead of looking at the scale going down I kept looking at going up. 

Of course the fault is all mine but there were a few other factors that made me feel comfortable about the amount of food I was eating and not realizing I was actually piling up the weight.
If you track what you eat, here is a tip, do not include the amount of calories you burned while working out. Every app you use to calculate the amount of calories your body need, ask for your activity level and right there, is the added calories if you workout. 

Once you have the amount calculated you have the option to add your workout which, will show that you can eat more, and that is what I was doing. If you add to the workout, it will add to the total calories you can eat a day.
 I am supposed to eat only 1860 a day but if I add my workout than it gives me a total daily calorie allowed of 2117, 300 extra calories. from previous slide you can see that the activity level was already added to the calculation of 1860. If I eat these 300 extra calories I will not have enough deficit for weight loss.
But after reading about  flexible eating I realized I was eating more than I should and the calculator app was insuring I kept eating. 
Not blaming anyone but myself, the app did not stuff my face, I did.

It has been six weeks since I adjusted my calories and I lost only 5 lbs. Not bad, but I thought it would be a lot easier... NOT.
Now I am on my next 6 weeks, but this time a little more aggressive. Although I quit smoking my lungs are not very healthy yet and I can't push as I thought I would, not to mention that 40 lbs extra is taking a toll on my body and not allowing me to push as hard not to mention in 2009 I was 5 years younger.
I will take six weeks at a time and get back to the weight I was just 6 months ago or hopefully get back to my weight before I got pregnant.

I adjusted my eating to fit my lifestyle and the foods I have on hand and my routine. I am not adding nothing I don't eat and not removing the foods that satisfy me. I am not clean eating, Vegan, Paleo, low carb, high carb, I am me and losing with the foods I will continue to eat throughout my life, just learning to eat less.
If you want some help in how to incorporate your lifestyle to lose weight message me. On my facebook page, leave me a comment here or my G+
To your helth.